Pine Beauty - Panolis flammea

Description

Wingspan 30-33 mm. Unmistakable with a large white kidney mark drawn out close to leading edge towards wing tip. Forewing rather narrow and pointed orange brown, reddish brown or brick red often yellowish along the outer edge and sometimes dusted white.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

It occupies coniferous forests and plantations, mixed woodlands, parks and gardens.

When to see it

Flying in March and April. The adults rest among the spring buds of coniferous trees, well camouflaged. They also feed in spring on Willow and are attracted to light.

Life History

The larvae feed on the needles of Scots Pine as well as other Pinaceae, and themselves are difficult to see with their longitudinal stripes.

UK Status

This species is quite common over much of Britain in suitable habitat. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire & Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)

Reference
73.241 BF2179

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